Chairman Of Hospitals Trust Resigns

Former RCHT Chairman, Martin Watts

Former RCHT Chairman, Martin Watts

The Chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, which operates Treliske, has resigned.

Martin Watts quit yesterday. The Trust says that a complaint about him, which was investigated as part of the hospital’s dignity at work policy, was upheld.

However they declined to give further details of the nature of the complaint.

Steve Manning is one of the governors representing Scilly on the Trust. He says his understanding is that the incident relates to a meeting on 20th March in which he and around twenty other people were present.

Steve says Mr Watts put his hand on the shoulder of a female colleague.

Steve said in his opinion, the gesture was entirely innocent and says neither he, nor any of the others present, were asked their view during the investigation.

Steve wants the investigation reopened again and says he’d be “most pleased” to see Mr Watts back in post.

He says Mr Watts was an excellent chairman who reduced the hospital deficit and will be sorely missed.

Martin was expected to attend the Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 2nd July.

A Trust spokesperson says a replacement will attend that meeting.

Trust Chief Executive Lezli Boswell is talking with the NHS about interim arrangements.

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